This post is the first in a series about new cycling infrastructure projects in Calgary. Bike Calgary is looking for feedback from people who walk or wheel along these new pathways and bikeway additions to the city’s 5A Network. We hope to use this information to provide valuable feedback on these projects to City Council and administration, and to inform our advocacy on new and future projects.
Construction on the 12 Avenue SW cycle track extension happened in two stages and officially opened in October 2021. This project extended the bikeway from the previous terminus at 11 Street SW west to 19 Street SW, then across 10 Avenue to the Bow River Pathway. See below for the extents in blue.
Source: Calgary Bikeway and Pathway Map – Feb. 22
We are looking for feedback from the community on how this project does or doesn’t meet the City’s goals for a safe, reliable, and connected 5A network (Always Available for All Ages and Abilities.
5A Network Principles:
- Separate people by their speed
- Where appropriate, provide separation between people wheeling and driving
- Where appropriate, provide separation between people walking and wheeling
- Improve visibility
- Use lighting to improve visibility
- Use signage and pavement markings to identify hazards and enhance navigation
- Make it reliable
- Prioritize snow clearing on the 5A network
- Provide safe, accessible and connected detours when repairing segments of the network
- Be accessible for everyone
- Provide ramps to accommodate safe transitions for people walking and wheeling
- Maintain a smooth surface clear of potholes, depressions or bumps to reduce hazards
- Make it easy to use
- Use visual identifiers like route markers, signs and pavement markings. –
- Use signage and pavement markings to support key decision-making points and show people how to transition between pathways, bikeways and roadways
Here are some options on how to provide feedback. For a refresher, you can check out our video bike-through of the project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXd53-BotEk